Each year, tens of thousands of Oracle customers, partners, and consultants descend on Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference. It’s an event filled with workshops, technical sessions, partner meetings, thought-provoking keynotes, and an active product showcase packed wall-to-wall with booths spotlighting technology from Oracle’s thriving ecosystem.
Why do they come to Oracle OpenWorld? Despite the proliferation of conferences and online events competing for attention, OpenWorld remains the single, central place for all things Oracle. Spanning Oracle Database 12c, Oracle applications, servers and storage, cloud solutions, engineered systems, operating systems advancements, and much more, it is all there. It is the place people can hear first-hand from Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Oracle president Mark Hurd, and other top Oracle executives about the direction for the coming year and beyond, connect with user groups providing education and advocacy around Oracle technology, network with peers and make new contacts, get tips and tricks for their installed products, and gain access to information about not only the newest releases from Oracle, but also those being offered by Oracle’s industry partners who market an extensive range of Oracle-related products and services.
Here, DBTA presents the annual Who to See @ Oracle OpenWorld special section. On the following pages are articles penned by executives from three major Oracle user groups—the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), and the Quest International Users Group (Quest) detailing what they have planned for members at this year’s conference, as well as vendor showcase articles from companies that will be featuring their technology and products in the OpenWorld Exhibition Hall. Oracle OpenWorld 2014 starts Sept. 28 and continues through Oct. 2.